Michoud Assembly Facility

Stage 2

 
Facility Information

--- Michoud Assembly Facility is at Stage 2 of NASA Framework for Return to On-Site Work. ---

Center and facility leadership are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are committed to providing guidance, assistance and support to our workforce. The health and safety of our team is our top priority. Below, you will find helpful information, links and employee resources. Visit this page often for updates.

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  • MAF Alerts and Michoud Facility Director Messages: Updates from the director and important information will be sent to your email address.
  • Monitor local and national news: Stories and information are being published daily in print, online and via broadcast.
  • Communication: Keep in touch with your supervisor and/or task manager or contractor lead.

Contractor Staff

Guidance to tenant and contractor staff can vary. Please contact your program manager or supervisor for specific instructions.

 
Michoud Workforce Updates

Message from the MAF Director

May 18, 2020

Dear MAF Team: The health and safety of our Michoud family remains our top priority as we navigate these challenging times. After careful evaluation of agency guidance, updated federal, state, and local guidelines, and conditions in the community, we have determined that Michoud has met the conditions to transition to Stage 3 of NASA Framework for Return to On-Site Work beginning Monday, May 18th.

Specific factors included in our evaluation were the rescission of state and city stay-at-home orders and a decrease in COVID-19 and influenza-like illnesses in the greater New Orleans area over a 14-day period.

Let me elaborate on what the transition to Stage 3 means to the MAF team. All employees who are able to telework should continue to do so. Access to the center will be limited to authorized personnel working on mission-critical tasks that must be conducted onsite.

We will slowly and methodically resume SLS Core Stage and Orion production activities, particularly critical path deliverables to support the Artemis Program. We will do so at a pace that limits personnel and follows federal guidelines for social distancing and use of personal protective equipment. The facility has been cleaned and sanitized, especially in common areas, and hand sanitizer stations have been installed at the entrances to all buildings so that everyone has access to them.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is everyone’s responsibility and there are some simple things that we all can do to keep one another safe. Face masks are required in all high-traffic and common areas including entrances, break rooms, the cafeteria, Coast Guard Exchange, and all areas occupied by Boeing. Continue washing your hands and cleaning your work stations routinely, follow the return-to-site protocol posted on MAFSpace and, most importantly, stay home if you are sick.

I urge you to stay in close touch with your supervisors for specific instructions. Also, please continue to read all communications from your supervisors, the agency, and our facility, and regularly visiting NASA People and MAFSpace for the latest information.

You are all a vital part of NASA’s mission and I thank you for your dedication, patience and support as we work through this difficult time. Please continue to take care of yourself and your families. Your health, and that of those around you, are of the utmost importance.

Robert Champion
Director, Michoud Assembly Facility




Message from the MAF Director

May 8, 2020

Michoud Team,

This week, we started prepping Michoud for a slow transition to re-starting operations. We are walking the facility daily and putting safety measures in place. Seeing this, I am encouraged as some mission-critical work is returning to Michoud Assembly Facility.

Michoud continues to operate at Stage 4 of the NASA Response Framework with mandatory telework. Many more conditions will need to be met before the whole MAF team will be able to return to on-site work. However, I will share with you what that looks like for Michoud.

After careful planning, risk-based decision making and preparation, we have determined what work we can do safely. We will move through the NASA Framework stages in phases, always keeping your safety in mind first. In our process to restart critical programmatic work on-site, priority is being given to work that supports tasks on the critical path for Artemis, national security, and other national and international commitments.

We are developing work plans that include how to minimize on-site staff to only those who are necessary, while complying with social distancing guidelines from the CDC. Those authorized to return to site will be asked to adhere to a number of policies and other guidance to protect against the spread of the virus and safeguard employee health. We will send these guidelines separately so you can keep them on hand. We cannot stress enough that if you are sick or do not feel well, please do not come to work.

Please note, at MAF you will be required to wear a mask in the following areas:

  • Community spaces such as break rooms, cafeterias, rest rooms, entrances
  • The badging office, and when interacting with the Security Officers and Shipping & Receiving area
  • The Coast Guard Exchange
  • ALL Boeing spaces in Bldg. 102 offices, Bldg. 103 manufacturing, etc.

Please note, the following remain closed:

  • USCG cafeteria and gym to non-USCG staff
  • Bldg. 102 & 351 cafeteria and Bldg. 320 gym
  • Bldg. 101 lobby

While we are taking steps to stop the spread of the virus, if there is a case on-site, we will conduct contact tracing, notify those possibly affected, and do a deep clean of the areas involved.

It is important for each of us to take personal responsibility for our own actions to ensure your safety and that of your family and colleagues. Continue to practice social distancing whenever possible. And, if at any time you feel unsafe, you may stop what you are doing and notify your supervisor. We will not ask you to do anything that you feel threatens your safety or health.

While we will continue to update you on the status of MAF via MAF Info emails, MAF Alert text messages, and by posting to the MAF Space website, please stay in contact with your supervisor throughout this time as we take this day-by-day. In this rapidly changing environment, I am thankful for an agile team who is eager to continue contributing to the mission from anywhere. Take care of yourselves, your families and one another, and be well.

Robert Champion, Director




Summary of Workforce Guidance

March 30, 2020

Find Support: Employee Assistance Program Office Update

https://mafspace.msfc.nasa.gov/employee-assistance-program/

Isolation and stress over possible health and financial difficulties related to COVID-19 can increase the symptoms of mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, and even impact substance abuse recovery efforts.

It’s important to know that most service providers (individual therapists and treatment centers) are able to provide services by phone and online platforms. Your center EAP office also can provide confidential, supportive counseling and help direct you to resources. For more information, contact MAF Employee Assistance Program Coordinator Porter Pryor at 228-363-4910 or porter.j.pryor@nasa.gov.

In addition, there are many free online resources to help through these difficult times.

Substance Abuse Help:

General Mental Health Resources:

Domestic Violence Help:

Suicide Prevention:

Caregivers Support:




March 24 Workforce Update

March 24, 2020

Dear Michoud Team,

NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility remains at Stage 4 of our agency response framework, with MANDATORY telework effective until further notice with the exception of limited personnel required to maintain the safety and security of the facility.

Today we received confirmation that an employee that works at the facility tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Contact tracing began immediately in order to identify and notify individuals who may have had significant contact with that employee.

We know there has been a lot of information coming out. Please continue to communicate with your supervisors and listen to their guidance. Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. If you are sick in any manner, please stay home and take care of yourself. Please check the CDC for information on how to protect yourself and others.

The status of the facility will be updated regularly and communicated to all employees through MAF Info emails, MAF Alerts (text MAFAlert to 888777). You can opt out when you want by replying STOP), the MAFSpace website and NASAPeople site. I, along with your leadership team and agency leaders, greatly appreciate your understanding, patience, and support through this challenging period of time.

Robert Champion, Director




Facility Status Update

March 23, 2020

Please see the following on-site changes effective immediately:

Cafeterias: Closed

Out of an abundance of caution, the cafeterias will be closed and there will be no “grab and go” meal service until further notice.

The USCG Exchange: Limited Hours and Access

The Exchange will remain open to support the facility. It will operate during amended store hours, with a limited number of customers allowed in the store and for a limited time period to shop.

  • Only 5 customers will be allowed in the store at one time.
  • Each shopper will have a maximum 30 minutes to shop and to complete their purchase.
  • Hours of operation:
    • Monday – Friday 7:00 am- 2:00 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed

The facility remains at Stage 4 of the NASA Response Framework with access restricted to mission-essential personnel.

Do not report to work if you are feeling sick. Team members should continue to monitor NASAPeople and MAFSpace and communicate with your supervisors for important information and new guidance.

Facility updates will continue to be posted on MAFSpace, in MAF Info emails, and through emergency MAF Alerts. If you haven’t already, please take the time to sign up for MAF Alerts – text MAFALERT to 888777. You are able to opt out if you wish to discontinue text messaging services by replying STOP.




Summary of Workforce Guidance

March 20, 2020

The protection and care of the Michoud team, your families, and the entire community remains our top priority, as the workforce is adapting to a new mandatory teleworking environment. The facility is at Stage 4 of the NASA Response Framework, with access restricted to mission-essential personnel for the protection of life and critical infrastructure operations. The facility will begin transition operations immediately. As we work through an orderly transition to Stage 4, the status of some of our operational activities will change over the next several days. This is current as of today and we’ll provide changes to status as they arise.

If you’re feeling sick please do not report to work.

Continue to monitor NASAPeople and MAFSpace and communicate with your supervisors for important information and new guidance.

The status of the facility will be updated regularly, and we will continue to update you on what this means for the facility through the MAFSpace website, MAF Info emails, and through emergency MAF Alerts. If you haven’t already, please take the time to sign up for MAF Alerts – text MAFALERT to 888777. You will be able to opt out if you wish to discontinue services.

Contact your supervisors and managers with any questions and concerns, and regarding orderly shutdown specifics for your area.

Important item to address NOW: If you are on site, after ensuring that custodial staff is notified of your intent, clean out your refrigerators and place garbage in hallways. Notify S3 facility services if you do not have access and believe this needs to be done for you or your team.

Access, Health, and Teleworking for Mission-Essential Personnel Only:

  • Gate Access:
    • Gate 12 remains open to deliveries.
    • Gate 5 remains open to employees
  • Building 101 main lobby will be closed to visitors. The NASA badging office will remain open to assist mission-essential personnel with any badging issues/problems.
  • NASA medical clinic will remain operational and all physicals required for mission critical certifications will continue to be performed. The Oschner Clinic, Hope Credit Union, and the barbershop are closed to outside personnel.
  • Custodial, facilities, and IT are mission-critical services and will be available. Maintain regular protocol when contacting your PSLEs and PSSMs. They will be teleworking, but they will be available by phone. If you cannot reach them, reach out to Lonnie Dutriex, Robert Champion, or Kelley Easley.
  • Cafeterias:
    • The cafeteria in Building 351 is closed.
    • The 102 cafeteria is open to provide grab-and-go meal services for on-site mission-essential personnel. With the following hours of operation:
      • 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. - with pre-packaged hot breakfast and breakfast sandwiches
      • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - with choice of pre-packaged entrée with 2 sides; boxed lunch with sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink; grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps, or salads
  • Coast Guard Access:
    • The Coast Guard Galley will be open ONLY to Coast Guard Personnel.
    • The Coast Guard Exchange is open to mission-essential personnel only.
    • The Coast Guard Exchange Gas Station remains open 24/7 when using credit cards.
  • Cancel/postpone all visits. At this time MAF is open only to mission-essential personnel.
  • The NASA fitness center will remain closed. If you need access, have your supervisor contact Christopher Cambre.
  • NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) located at the John C. Stennis Space Center will be teleworking until further notice. Although they are teleworking, they are still open for business. Should you need assistance or want to file a complaint with the NASA OIG please contact SA Marcia Fox at (228) 342-8354 or SA Cameron Chabreck at (228) 332-2384. Alternatively, you may file a complaint via the NASA OIG Hotline at (800) 424-9183 or at https://oig.nasa.gov/hotline.html

In addition to monitoring the NASA People and Coronavirus.gov websites, please be aware of the following guidance:

Health & Safety

Your health and that of your team is of the highest priority. If you are performing mission-essential work on-site, do not go to work if you feel sick. Everyone should take extra precautions to protect themselves and others. Please continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agency’s chief health and medical officer, and if you have questions, do not hesitate to talk with your supervisor.

The federal government also launched the website www.coronavirus.gov with the latest information about the outbreak. This includes many ways to protect yourself and steps to take if you think you are sick. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread also includes guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help limit the spread of the virus.

This situation can be understandably stressful. The MAF Employee Assistance Program is available for team members in need of support during this time. The Emergency Assistance Program Coordinator Porter Pryor is available by phone at 228-363-4910. The mental health line is available for everyone at MAF and is completely confidential.

Any employee who has been advised to self-quarantine should notify their supervisor.

Telework & IT

  • The NASAPeople coronavirus page includes guidance on technology, collaboration tools and VPN information.
  • A list of collaboration tools and information supporting telework is available on NASA’s Remote Collaboration Services webpage.
  • NASA team members may contact the Enterprise Service Desk Online at https://esd.nasa.gov/esdportal or call 877-677-2123 and select option 2 for IT troubleshooting and service.



Message from the MAF Director

March 19, 2020

Dear MAF Team:

NASA leadership continues to make the health and safety of the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) family the top priority. MAF will move to stage 4 of the NASA Response Framework due to the rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the local area, and to comply with all local and federal guidelines. While there are no confirmed cases at MAF, this step is being taken to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect Michoud employees and their families.

Mandatory telework is in effect for ALL personnel until further notice, with the exception of limited personnel required to maintain the safety and security of the facility. All previously approved exceptions for onsite work are rescinded and new approvals will be required in order to gain access to the facility.

This includes that effective immediately NASA will temporarily suspend production and testing of the Space Launch System and Orion hardware.

The NASA and contractor teams will complete an orderly shutdown that puts all hardware in a safe condition until work can resume. Once this is complete, MAF personnel allowed onsite will be limited to those needed to protect life and critical infrastructure.

The facility will begin shutdown operations immediately. Additionally, all travel will be suspended. The status of the facility will be updated regularly and communicated to all employees. Please stay in close contact with your supervisor.

For all other MAF tenants and employees, access to the facility will be restricted to personnel required to protect life and critical infrastructure only, as defined in NASA’s response framework.

Please continue to pay attention to all communications from your supervisors, the agency, and our facility by visiting NASA People and MAFSpace for the latest information, as those sites are updated regularly. And again, I urge you to stay in contact with your supervisor.

Your leadership, NASA leadership, and each of us at Michoud are in this together. Please continue to take care of yourself and your families. Your health and the health of those around you are of the utmost importance.

Robert Champion, Director




Message from the MAF Director

March 17, 2020

All MAF Personnel,

The following is important guidance on access to the MAF facility now that we are in Stage 3 of our agency response framework. MAF changed its operating status to Stage 3 because more than 100 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the local area.

Mandatory telework is effective immediately until further notice. MAF remains open ONLY to mission-essential personnel, and specific employee direction will be determined by each Tenant company/agency.

The following applies to all tenants:

  • The NASA medical clinic will remain operational and all physicals required for mission critical certifications will continue to be performed. The Oschner Clinic, Hope Credit Union, and the barbershop are closed to outside personnel.
  • The Building 101 main lobby will be closed to visitors. The NASA badging office will remain open to assist mission-essential personnel with any badging issues/problems.
  • Custodial, facilities, and IT are mission-critical services and will be available. Maintain regular protocol when contacting your PSLEs and PSSMs. They will be teleworking, but they will be available by phone. If you cannot reach them, reach out to Lonnie Dutriex, Robert Champion, or Kelley Easley.
  • The cafeterias in Building 351 and Building 102 will remain closed today, March 17. The 102 cafeteria will re-open Wednesday, March 18, to provide 'grab and go' meal services for on-site mission-essential personnel. Hours of operation:
    • 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. - with pre-packaged hot breakfast and breakfast sandwiches
    • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - with choice of pre-packaged entrée with 2 sides; boxed lunch with sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink; grab and go sandwiches, wraps, or salads
  • The Coast Guard Galley will ONLY be open to Coast Guard Personnel. USCG gym is open only to active duty personnel. Cancel/postpone all visits. At this time MAF is open only to mission-essential personnel.
  • The NASA fitness center will remain closed. If you need access, have your supervisor contact Christopher Cambre.
  • NASA OIG located at the John C. Stennis Space Center will begin mandatory telework until further notice. Although they will be teleworking, they are still open for business. Should you need assistance or want to file a complaint with the NASA OIG please contact SA Marcia Fox at 228-342-8354 or SA Cameron Chabreck at 228-332-2384. Alternatively, you may file a complaint via the NASA OIG Hotline at 800-424-9183 or at https://oig.nasa.gov/hotline.html

Health and Safety

Your health and that of your team is of the highest priority. If you are performing mission-essential work on-site, do not go to work if you feel sick. Everyone should take extra precautions to protect themselves and others. Please continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agency’s chief health and medical officer, and if you have questions, do not hesitate to talk with your supervisor.

This situation can be understandably stressful. The MAF Employee Assistance Program is available for team members in need of support during this time. The Emergency Assistance Program Coordinator Porter Pryor is available by phone at 228-363-4910. The mental health line is available for everyone at MAF and is completely confidential.

Any employee who has been advised to self-quarantine should notify their supervisor.

Practice social distancing and good hygiene liberally, conduct virtual meetings with remote participation only, and travel only for mission-essential purposes.

Telework & IT

  • The NASAPeople coronavirus page includes guidance on technology, collaboration tools and VPN information.
  • A list of collaboration tools and information supporting telework is available on NASA’s Remote Collaboration Services webpage.
  • NASA team members may contact the Enterprise Service Desk Online at https://esd.nasa.gov/esdportal or call 877-677-2123 and select option 2 for IT troubleshooting and service.

Thank you for your continued diligence, patience, and understanding as we navigate through this challenging time together.

Robert Champion, Director

  • Practice good hygiene liberally.
  • Conduct virtual meetings and participate remotely.
  • Cancel or postpone large in-person meetings and gatherings.
  • Reduce travel that is not mission-essential.
  • The Coast Guard Galley will be open ONLY to Coast Guard personnel. USCG gym is open only to active duty personnel.

Message from the MAF Director

March 16, 2020

Dear Michoud Team,

Though there has been no confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, MAF is moving into Stage 3 of our agency response framework, with MANDATORY telework effective immediately and until further notice.

MAF is changing its operating status to Stage 3 because more than 100 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the local area.

Access to the facility will be restricted to mission-essential personnel only, as defined in the response framework and by your company leadership.

More guidance on MAF access and available technical support will follow.

The status of the facility will be updated regularly and communicated to all employees. Please stay in close contact with your supervisor. I, along with your leadership team, greatly appreciate your understanding, patience, and support through this challenging period of time.

Robert Champion, Director

  • Practice good hygiene liberally.
  • Conduct virtual meetings and participate remotely.
  • Cancel or postpone large in-person meetings and gatherings.
  • Reduce travel that is not mission-essential.
  • The Coast Guard Galley will ONLY be open to Coast Guard Personnel. USCG gym is open only to active duty personnel.

A REMINDER: NASA’s EAP provides confidential, short-term, counseling assistance and referrals to employees who are dealing with issues such as depression; anxiety; family conflicts; marital /relationship concerns; eldercare/caregiving stress; substance and alcohol addiction; major life adjustments; domestic violence concerns; and occupational stress.

The Emergency Assistance Program Coordinator Porter Pryor is available by phone at 228-363-4910. The mental health line is available for everyone at MAF and is completely confidential.

MAF Update

March 14, 2020

Dear Michoud Team,

Out of an abundance of caution, Bldg. 102 and Bldg. 320 cafeterias will be closed until further notice. The Coast Guard Galley will be open ONLY to Coast Guard Personnel.

MAF remains open with the prescribed precautions below.

Specific employee direction will be determined by each Tenant company/agency. The following actions apply to all tenants:

  • Mission-essential visitors only, with approval.
  • The NASA fitness center is closed until further notice. If you need access, contact Christopher Cambre.
  • The NASA clinic will defer physicals.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Practice good hygiene liberally.
  • Conduct virtual meetings and participate remotely.
  • Cancel or postpone large in-person meetings and gatherings.
  • Reduce travel that is not mission-essential.

The Coast Guard Galley will ONLY be open to Coast Guard Personnel. USCG gym is open only to active duty personnel Cafeterias in bldgs 102 and 320 will be closed until further notice.

The protection and care of the NASA Michoud team is our top priority. The entire NASA team is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and has solid plans in place to respond to this situation and other emergencies.

Employees who can work remotely are encouraged to do so. NASA’s Response Framework is posted to the NASA People website, and it presents a 4 stage approach. Operationally, Michoud is in a Stage 2 posture. To learn more about the Response Framework and for all up to date information visit the NASA People website. The direct link to the website is https://nasapeople.nasa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus.htm.

  • Practice good hygiene liberally.
  • Conduct virtual meetings and participate remotely.
  • Cancel or postpone large in-person meetings and gatherings.
  • Reduce travel that is not mission-essential.
  • The Coast Guard Galley will ONLY be open to Coast Guard Personnel. USCG gym is open only to active duty personnel.

A REMINDER: NASA’s EAP provides confidential, short-term, counseling assistance and referrals to employees who are dealing with issues such as depression; anxiety; family conflicts; marital /relationship concerns; eldercare/caregiving stress; substance and alcohol addiction; major life adjustments; domestic violence concerns; and occupational stress.

The Emergency Assistance Program Coordinator Porter Pryor is available by phone at 228-363-4910. The mental health line is available for everyone at MAF and is completely confidential.

MAF Update

March 13, 2020

Dear Michoud Team,

The protection and care of the NASA Michoud team is our top priority. The entire NASA team is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and has solid plans in place to respond to this situation and other emergencies.

Beginning on Monday, March 16, employees who can work remotely are encouraged to do so. NASA’s Response Framework is posted to the NASA People website, and it presents a 4 stage approach based on the level of community spread of COVID-19.

As of today, MAF remains open with the prescribed precautions below. Operationally, Michoud moves to a Stage 2 posture beginning on Monday.

Specific employee direction will be determined by each Tenant company/agency.

The following actions apply to all tenants:

  • Employees who can/capable of telework are encouraged to telework.
  • Cancel/postpone visits.
  • Mission-essential visitors only, with approval.
  • The NASA fitness center will close at 4:00pm today until further notice. If you need access, contact Christopher Cambre.
  • The NASA clinic will defer physicals.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Practice good hygiene liberally.
  • Conduct virtual meetings and participate remotely.
  • Cancel or postpone large in-person meetings and gatherings.
  • Reduce travel that is not mission-essential.

The Coast Guard Galley will be open ONLY to Coast Guard Personnel. USCG gym is open only to active duty personnel.

A REMINDER: NASA’s EAP provides confidential, short-term, counseling assistance and referrals to employees who are dealing with issues such as depression; anxiety; family conflicts; marital /relationship concerns; eldercare/caregiving stress; substance and alcohol addiction; major life adjustments; domestic violence concerns; and occupational stress.

The Emergency Assistance Program Coordinator Porter Pryor is available by phone at 228-363-4910. The mental health line is available for everyone at MAF and is completely confidential.